Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 June, 2023 at 10:28 pm by Andre Camilleri
Malta International Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Alan Borg, has been elected to Airports Council International (ACI) Europe’s regional board, becoming the first Malta International Airport CEO to secure a seat at this table.
Mr Borg’s election to the board was announced during ACI’s 34th General Assembly, which was held in Barcelona on the 27th of June. Together with the chief executive officers of Aeroporti di Milano Linate e Malpensa and Aeroporti di Roma, Alan Borg will be representing the airports that fall within the European southern sub-region, which covers 19 markets including Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Spain. The board is mainly composed of representatives from five European sub-regions, of which the southern sub-region is responsible for the largest share of traffic.
“This seat will give us the opportunity to make ourselves heard in relation to challenges such as seasonality, sustainable growth, and the impact of the requirements of the Fit for 55 package on destinations that, like Malta, are somewhat detached from the mainland. The opportunity to bring pressure to bear on decision-making bodies through the seat we have secured is not only a win for Malta International Airport but also for the wider local aviation industry,” said Chief Executive Officer Alan Borg, adding that it is both a privilege and a huge responsibility to serve on this board.
“It is an honour and a pleasure to welcome Alan to the Board of ACI Europe. The role of insular airports such as Malta has never been more vital to our membership and our industry as a whole. They are flying the flag for connectivity and cohesion as well as driving our recovery in passenger traffic as a new sustainable aviation paradigm emerges. Alan brings a rich background in airport management and a wealth of experience – our board will be all the stronger for his presence,” said Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe.
ACI Europe was established to lend airports a stronger and more unified voice in all matters related to aviation, today representing 500 member airports in 55 countries. The organisation has most recently been vocal about the impact of burdensome restrictions on air travel, the industry’s post-COVID recovery and aviation-specific sustainability topics.
In 2019, ACI Europe made waves with its landmark NetZero 2050 Resolution, which has been signed by more than 100 airport groups and airports, including Malta International Airport, making it one of the most significant collective commitments by a single industry towards the decarbonisation of its operation.